Ever since artificial intelligence entered the public’s imagination, there have been predictions that legal practice would be taken over by the machines. So far, all such predictions have largely proven false. While technology has provided benefits to legal practice, such as predictive coding for reviewing large numbers of documents, the province of preparing legal advice remains firmly in the human sphere.
The recent advent of ChatGPT reopened that debate. ChatGPT is a large language model chatbot, driven by an AI model underlying ChatGPT that has been trained on billions of sources (everything from encyclopedias to tweets). Significantly, it is readily usable by the public because it responds to natural language prompts.